Good week/bad week
Good week for:
Prosperity theology, after Kanye West announced that he was rewarded for becoming a born-again Christian with a $68 million tax refund in 2019. “God is using me to show off,” West said.
American greatness, after Oregon’s Rogue River Blue won top prize at the prestigious annual World Cheese Awards in Italy. The French daily Ouest-France called it “sacrilege” that “the world’s best cheese is not French.”
Mementos, after the gray, cigarette-burned cardigan worn by the late Kurt Cobain in Nirvana’s legendary MTV Unplugged session sold at auction for $334,000—the most expensive sweater ever sold.
Bad week for:
Cineastes, after Netflix, the streaming service, announced a trial program that will let viewers watch films and TV series at up to 1.5 times the original speed—what some are calling chipmunk mode. Director Judd Apatow responded, “Don’t make me call every director and show creator on Earth to fight you on this.”
Privacy, with allegations that two Southwest Airlines pilots installed a hidden camera in the lavatory and streamed live video to an iPad in the cockpit. When confronted by a flight attendant, the pilots allegedly claimed the equipment was part of a “top-secret security measure.”
Distractions, after models Julia Rose and Lauren Summer were banned “indefinitely” from Major League Baseball stadiums after flashing their breasts at Houston Astros pitcher Gerrit Cole during Game 5 of the World Series in Washington, D.C. MLB said the pair “violated the fan code of conduct.”